Best 'front man/woman' or 'presence' on stage?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Badgers, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Who is/was the best on stage?

    Have seen a lot of bands/artists over the years and recently was really impressed by Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters. Freddie Mercury was always excellent but I never got to see him live :(

    There is not a lot of recent musicians who can join this debate. That says more about modern music fans than the musicians but still...


    Sing from your fucking heart :mad:
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  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Bon scott
    Johnny rotten
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  3. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

  4. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Never got to see him.
    Over the last 5-10 years I have realised what a talent he really was, in all areas of music :cool:
  5. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Me neither and I regret it
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  6. Mrs D

    Mrs D . Banned

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  7. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    David Bowie, although he was so famous it's perhaps difficult to separate the aura of fame from the stage presence...

    The best I've seen where is was definitely stage presence was Cerys Matthews of Catatonia, who I saw in a pub very early in their career. I didn't care much for the band (still don't), but she is totally magnetic onstage.
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  8. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    iggy pop. Seen him a few times and each time I was utterly mesmerised by him. Especially when I saw him more recently because he looks so old but he still came on stage barking and sticking his finger up at everyone.
  9. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I only saw Bowie at Glasto 2000 (which was ace)

    Led Zeppelin were amazing but they were playing rather than performing (if that makes sense)
    Freddie Mercury is a hard act to follow/beat but I never got to see him
    Dave Grohl (as mentiod above was great with the Foo Fighters
    Joe Strummer was great both times I saw him
  10. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Me too! Amazing. Even 'little wonder' was great.
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  11. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    James Brown
    Lee Perry
    Him out of The Hives

    ...all leap to mind as compelling presences.
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  12. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    Ian Dury.

    I worked at a Bowie gig but twas in his Tin Machine days & was pretty dire.
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  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Mike Patton
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  14. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Big shout that :cool:

    Have heard the same but never seen :(
  15. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  16. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    I was at the show they taped for their live in the UK video. Still remember how good he was over 25 years later.
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  17. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    Saw Haruomi Hosono recently and he had exceptional stage presence in a wonderfully low key way
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  18. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Haro-on-the-Hill

    'Sensational' Alex Harvey

    Bryan Ferry (with Roxy Music)

    Chuck Berry

    Buddy Guy

    BB King

    Dusty Springfield

    Rod Stewart

    Ian Hunter

    Bob Marley

    Johnny Thunders
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  19. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    Nick Cave. Seen him with the bad seeds twice and his stage presence is just incredible.
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  20. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown Well-Known Member

    Lux Interior
    GG Allin
    the fella out of Jesus Lizard
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  21. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Good shout :cool:
  22. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Haro-on-the-Hill

    Meatloaf,no getting away from it.
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  23. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

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  24. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Thinking about who I've seen, stand outs are:

    Bruce Dickenson (with Iron Maiden)

    Siouxsie Sioux (& the Banshees)

    Roisin Murphy (whose set I stumbled past at a festival without any plans to watch and found myself transfixed for the next hour).

    Those 3 MCs whose names I've never discovered that I saw at a World Dance night at Bagleys. They were amazing.
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  25. Borp

    Borp remember

    I'm gonna say it. Mick Jagger. Set the standard. I'm sure I'll get shouted down that he nicked what he did from others. Never seen him live though and I'm talking early days.

    Best personal experience. Bobby Conn. Quirky musician from chicago, has great presence in a small venue. Probably couldn't do a stadium though. That's a whole other thing.
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  26. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    I'm told I saw Freddie Mercury many years ago, but buggered if I remember anything about it.
    another vote for the sensational Alex Harvey.
    not my cup of tea, Jagger.
    individually, daltrey, Townsend and moon...explosive.
    ted nugent possibly.
    alice Cooper. Nita Strauss was all over ever thing last time I saw him.
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ones I've seen:

    Alex Harvey.
    Johnny Rotten
    Mick Jagger
    Kate Bush
    Cerys Matthews
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  28. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Morrisey? :D
  29. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    Dolly Parton.
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  30. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree Haro-on-the-Hill

    Gary Holton of Heavy Metal Kids

    David 'Screaming Lord' Sutch

    Arthur Brown

    But these people set out to have a presence. Other people just do. Or are better at seeming to just do.

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